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Enlightenment to Go: the classic Buddhist path of compassion and transformation
The Dalai Lama always recommends a classic text by the Buddhist sage Shantideva as essential reading for those seeking a practical approach to Buddhism. With its life-changing psychological tools and transcendent wisdom, it is one of the world's great spiritual treasures.
In Enlightenment to Go, David Michie provides a lively, accessible introduction to the 'best of' Shantideva. He shows how modern psychology confirms the insights of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, and he unpacks its powerful antidotes to contemporary problems, including stress, anxiety and depression. He also offers a structured meditation program to help readers integrate transformational insights at deeper levels of consciousness where genuine change becomes possible. Recounting stories from his own journey, Michie illustrates the relevance of Shantideva's breakthrough teachings to a typically busy Westerner, with warmth and humour.
Whether you are a newcomer to Buddhism or a seasoned practitioner, Enlightenment to Go offers a glimpse of a radiantly different reality.
'As always David Michie's work is both thought-provoking and interesting. We would live in a better world if we were to implement some of his philosophy.' - Justin Langer, former Australian Test cricketer
'The compassionate wisdom of Shantideva is brought alive in this practical and helpful guide.' - Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Tibetan Buddhist nun from Cave in the Snow
DEVELOPING THE COMPASSIONATE MIND OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Chapter 1 The Choice of Awakening
Chapter 2 Big Picture or the Here and Now?
Chapter 3 Inner Experience or Outer Appearance?
Chapter 4 Shifting the focus from Self to Other
Chapter 5 Bodhichitta: the Compassionate Mind of Enlightenment
THE COMPASSIONATE MIND OF ENLIGHTENMENT IN PRACTICE
Chapter 6 Open Heart, Open Hand - the Perfection of Generosity
Chapter 7 Ripening the Banana Within - a Practical Approach to Ethics
Chapter 8 Thank Buddha for Aggravation - the Perfection of Patience
Chapter 9 Mindfulness and the Yoga of Coffee Drinking
Chapter 10 Breaking the Cycle of Dissatisfaction
Chapter 11 The Four Laws of Spiritual Success
Chapter 12 Our Greatest Teacher
Chapter 13 Feeding the Good Wolf - the People in our Lives
Chapter 14 Emptiness and the Santa Claus - like me
Chapter 15 Adventures in Inner Space
Chapter 16 The Eight Worldly Dharmas
Chapter 17 A Code of Conduct for Awakening Beings
Chapter 18 Dedication
Appendix: How to Meditate